Powerful telescopes of recent times have reached further than ever before into the vastness of the universe and unveiled the magnificent glory of God’s creation, leading to the agonising question: “Where is everybody?”
A headline in the March 2019 National Geographic magazine proclaimed, “We Are Not Alone” and asserted, “New discoveries reveal it’s almost certain we’re not alone in the universe.” However, the opposite is in fact true. Not one scrap of evidence indicates the existence of other physical life in the universe. The article in question actually focused on the various attempts to find alien life.
Over the last 60 years governments and scientists have invested billions of dollars in hundreds of experiments yielding a great deal of scientific knowledge about the majesty of God’s creation, but they have been fruitless in discovering other physical life in the universe.
The discoveries touted by National Geographic are based on conclusions from the Kepler Space Telescope’s mission to identify exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system. As a result, scientists now widely agree our universe is fine-tuned for life, and that physical life wouldn’t be able to exist at all if certain constants like the relative strengths of the different forces, or the rate of the expansion of the universe were different to even the slightest degree.
Evolutionary thinking, however, dictates there should be other life in the universe. If human life is a biochemical byproduct of a complex physical system, then it is inevitable this accident must have recurred countless times over on many different planets, and there should even be many civilizations that have advanced far beyond our own.
As the thinking goes, human intelligence, just as human life, is not uniquely designed and imbued by a Creator, but is a product of random chance over time. It is therefore absurd to think human beings were the first intelligent species to develop in the long eons of an incomprehensibly expansive universe.
Over the decades the search for extraterrestrial life has changed from expecting to discover signals from an advanced civilization to desperately hoping to detect even the most minute trace of rudimentary life. Some have theorised other civilizations may be so advanced that they don’t bother with us, in the same way we wouldn’t attempt to “make contact” with ants on our own planet. However, Ethan Siegel in a Forbes article titled “What If It’s Just Us?” states: “These proposed solutions usually leave out the most obvious option . . . that when it comes to intelligent life in all the Universe, it’s just us” (April 3, 2019).
Mankind is not just interested in trying to confirm evolution, but is also searching for meaning and purpose. There is a need to know we are not alone in the universe, and that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. The ancient Israelite king Solomon wrote that God has “put eternity in [man’s] hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)—meaning we feel there is something more to life than what we see.
The Bible is a revelation of knowledge from God, and its truth is the only source able to properly fill that longing! Few consider God is, Himself, an extraordinary extraterrestrial life form of supreme intelligence, and that He has made deliberate contact with mankind in numerous ways.
God appeared to individuals throughout history and did miraculous works for the nation of Israel that terrified the world of that time. He also sent other spirit beings known as angels to the earth to carry out His will. The Creator of the universe even eventually came to earth to communicate in person when Jesus, “the Word” who existed eternally with God the Father and through whom all things were made, “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1-3,14). The New Testament is the irrefutable eyewitness testimony of His life, death and resurrection.
The Bible assures us human life is not the cosmic accident of a cold, uncaring universe, but the unique, intentional creation of a loving God who is reaching out to communicate and form a relationship with mankind.
The Good News Magazine